Author Topic: Bikefail  (Read 16243 times)

Bikefail
« on: 26 July, 2013, 11:51:22 am »
OK, we need photos of your broken bike parts or even whole bikes.



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Maverick

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Re: Bikefail
« Reply #1 on: 26 July, 2013, 12:15:55 pm »
VN Yukon frame fail






Re: Bikefail
« Reply #2 on: 26 July, 2013, 12:20:42 pm »
Good thread !

If nothing else, it will get everyone scouring their bikes looking for possible causes of catastrophic failure, which has to be good.
Rust never sleeps

Euan Uzami

Re: Bikefail
« Reply #3 on: 26 July, 2013, 12:34:01 pm »
few years ago now, but:



rear mech snapped in two

RichForrest

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Re: Bikefail
« Reply #4 on: 26 July, 2013, 12:49:46 pm »
Old one from a couple of years ago



Both sides went



Another from a year or so later


Re: Bikefail
« Reply #5 on: 26 July, 2013, 01:25:39 pm »
Oh yes, reminds me, the famous "Condor Crack" caused by too short a shim in the seat tube of some of their frames:



The (ex) Condor Tempo (it was stolen before I spoke to Condor about getting a replacement frame. The insurance company paid out for an entire replacement bike.)
"Yes please" said Squirrel "biscuits are our favourite things."

Re: Bikefail
« Reply #6 on: 27 July, 2013, 12:40:34 pm »
You show me yours and I'll show you mine....
VN Aeolus fail August 2012
Several months of dry weather creaking, and feeling a bit 'spongy' when delivering grunt, led to this.
Eventually replaced under VN's warranty.






Re: Bikefail
« Reply #7 on: 28 July, 2013, 01:46:42 pm »
And lo! Today's picture (and story)


That'll make them sit up and pay attention in Sainsbury's car park.
The original (I suspect) rim on the rear of the Pompino I bought from Thing 1 last year.
I've had 9 months worth of commuting on it, Thing 1 - who knows how many years.....
Trust me when I tell you that it was a loud bang.

Funny thing is, I was thinking that the rims were looking a bit worn, so last Tuesday I ordered a pair of Goldtec Pro track hubs from BETD, and on Friday I went to Brick Lane Bikes and came away with a pair of Velocity Deep V rims.....

Mercifully, as I was laden with toothy comestibles, my speed was akin to walking pace.
Prior to leaving home, I felt the tyres and thought them to be a little soft. I put 7bar into each.
The journey on my way to the emporium includes a descent on which my RPM usually maxes out. As it did today.
I think I can count myself lucky.

Did I mention it was a loud bang?

Zipperhead

  • The cyclist formerly known as Big Helga
Re: Bikefail
« Reply #8 on: 28 July, 2013, 02:06:04 pm »
I spent weeks (possibly months  :-[ ) riding around trying to track down the source of a creak on my Pompino. Finally I spotted it....



It nearly went far enough around to meet itself coming the other way

Won't somebody think of the hamsters!

Re: Bikefail
« Reply #9 on: 28 July, 2013, 02:10:43 pm »
Wow
^That's a scrapper.
*Goes off to look closely at his own Pompino*

MercuryKev

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Re: Bikefail
« Reply #10 on: 28 July, 2013, 02:50:46 pm »
I wonder what would happen if your chain snapped when powering along at 20mph and then the split link jammed in your rear mech?  This maybe:


Gus

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Re: Bikefail
« Reply #11 on: 28 July, 2013, 04:48:27 pm »
I wonder what would happen if your chain snapped when powering along at 20mph and then the split link jammed in your rear mech?  This maybe:

I've tried that too, no pictures though. Did your rear wheel lock up too ?

Re: Bikefail
« Reply #12 on: 28 July, 2013, 10:24:48 pm »
Another chain ripping the rear mech off at 28mph as I crossed the finish line on a TT a couple of years ago - ruined the frame and rear Kysrium wheel (spokes bent & rim split) as well as the mech.  :facepalm:



I suspect the bearings popped out of newly fitted jockey wheels, but can't prove it.  >:(
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

eck

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Re: Bikefail
« Reply #13 on: 28 July, 2013, 10:45:08 pm »
I had similar a couple of weeks ago, bouncing along a rough road. Mech hanger broken, spokes broken, mech cage bent, gouge in seat stay, chain links bent.
New mech hanger fitted, new spokes fitted and wheel trued thanks to otherdave, awaiting replacement mech from YACFer, fingers crossed for seat stay,new chain fitted.
So, MercuryKev, Gus and Wobbly John, any idea what causes this catastrophe?  ???
It's a bit weird, but actually quite wonderful.

Re: Bikefail
« Reply #14 on: 28 July, 2013, 10:58:33 pm »

So, MercuryKev, Gus and Wobbly John, any idea what causes this catastrophe?  ???

If you look at the lower jockey wheel (the top one in my photo), the plastic bit has separated from the bearing. I think this is how the chain wrapped round the side of the mech ripping it off.

Note, this was an old Ultegra/600 rear mech where the inner 'cage' does not enclose the jockey wheel on the inside.

I'd only fitted the jockey wheels the previous week.  >:(
If it ain't broke, fix it 'til it is...

MercuryKev

  • Maxin' n Audaxin'
Re: Bikefail
« Reply #15 on: 28 July, 2013, 11:37:33 pm »
In my case a chainlink came away at the pin and this link than jammed into the read mech.  This then cause the rear mech to be drawn backwards and up into the rear wheel.  The result was one totalled rear mech and really bent rear hanger - steel frame so in effect one pretty compromised frame as the hangar was bent and twisted.  And yes the rear wheel locked up and I skidded to a halt in front of a bus.

Rhys W

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Re: Bikefail
« Reply #16 on: 28 July, 2013, 11:40:24 pm »
I damaged a lovely Pinarello Sestriere a few years ago in a submerged pothole. My friend, who looked after it as I went to hospital told me upon its return, "check your brakes, I think they're rubbing"



 :o



Re: Bikefail
« Reply #17 on: 01 August, 2013, 11:53:02 am »
Similar to Jurek's fail:-


12-08-18 Crack O' Doom 1 by Chocolatebike1, on Flickr

I'm still waiting for the replacement  ::-)


Re: Bikefail
« Reply #18 on: 01 August, 2013, 11:57:02 am »
While I'm at it, a Chris King bottom bracket:-


DSC_0268 by Chocolatebike1, on Flickr

It seized solid at 49.5 miles into a 50 mile ride !



PaulF

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Re: Bikefail
« Reply #19 on: 01 August, 2013, 12:04:34 pm »
Similar to Jurek's fail:-


12-08-18 Crack O' Doom 1 by Chocolatebike1, on Flickr

I'm still waiting for the replacement  ::-)




Well as it doesn't look like you'll break it for another 5 years I suggest that you'll have a long wait :)

benborp

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Re: Bikefail
« Reply #20 on: 01 August, 2013, 12:19:49 pm »


Apparently the handling had become a touch 'woolly'.
A world of bedlam trapped inside a small cyclist.

Wowbagger

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Re: Bikefail
« Reply #21 on: 01 August, 2013, 12:55:09 pm »


Broken Rohloff, 2008.

The most obvious crack is at 12 o'clock, and that lump of flange is ready to part company from the hub, but there were 7 visible cracks when that photo was taken, all emanating from the trailing spokes on the non-drive side. Two others, at 3 o'clock and 4'oclock (ish) are visible in the photo.

We have been operating our current hub quite successfully and without incident for 3 or 4 years now.
Bach without a doubt.

LEE

Re: Bikefail
« Reply #22 on: 01 August, 2013, 01:54:30 pm »


Had a very scary descent in Snowdonia before this happened a few weeks later.

Re: Bikefail
« Reply #23 on: 01 August, 2013, 03:27:52 pm »
My first Langster made a strange clicking noise on braking for a while before I figured out where the noise was coming from.


Re: Bikefail
« Reply #24 on: 01 August, 2013, 04:21:00 pm »
Here's another frame crack that hasn't started at, or near, a tube joint:


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